City Council was recently presented with two options for fixing the curb that juts out into the Seventh and Washington right of way — making a slight modification to its height or completely moving it back.
“We’ll move along with (moving it back), changing our course and bringing the contractor back in to rebuild this,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said of the course City Council chose.
To move back the curb, storm drains and pedestrian pedestals will carry a price tag of about $18,500. The other option could have been done in-house for under $3,000, city officials said.
“What we (originally) proposed is called a rolled curb,” City Public Works Director Bill Hunter said. “It’s the same as what’s used on Harbor Drive on the south side.”
Mayor Geri McCaleb noted that spending the money on the less-expensive fix might make it easier to drive over the curb, but she and others on City Council said the problem would still be there.
“I’d hate to spend money and have people still not be happy about it,” she said.
When the work is finished, the curb will be pulled back, the traffic lanes on Seventh south of Washington will be widened, and the centerline on Seventh south of Washington will align with the centerline north of Washington.
“Your biggest expense isn’t moving the storm drain,” Hunter said. “It’s moving the (pedestrian) pedestals, removing concrete and putting concrete in.”
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